Even though Chris Hughton has already denied them – there are persistent rumors that indeed Newcastle are planning to bring Shay Given back to Tyneside on an emergency loan deal until Steve Harper can return early next year.
Shay Given – back to Newcastle?
Steve Harper has been ruled out following the injury he picked up in Newcastle’s 1-0 away victory against Everton last Saturday.
22-year-old Dutchman Tim Krul, who has waited a long time for his chance, is Newcastle’s goalkeeper now, but reports coming out of Ireland suggest that Chris Hughton is hoping the Premier League will grant Newcastle special dispensation to bring in an emergency loan signing.
The Newcastle club will use Manchester City’s loan signing of Marton Fulop late last season, for the then injured Shay Given, as the precedent.
But the news is their plea may be turned down because it is being reported that Newcastle have a recall clause in the loan of their goalkeeper Fraser Forster to Glasgow Celtic, although Hughton has said that is true – but can only be exercised at the turn of the year.
If that is true then the PL will probably grant the emergency loan deal – if indeed this news has any truth in it at all.
We find it hard to believe that Newcastle would bring Shay back to Newcastle and have Tim Krul then sit on the bench, but it could be they are working on a possible loan deal – but only if Tim Krul gets injured.
Krul played today in Newcastle’s 2-1 loss against Stoke at home, and Newcastle had defensive problems – but they were not in the goalkeeping department.